A 10-year-old single malt from the Speyside distillery Auchroisk, bottled as part of the Flora & Fauna series. The Flora & Fauna series was introduced by Diageo (then known as United Distillers) in the 1990s. The range showcases some of Diageo’s lesser-known distilleries, whose whiskies are generally used in blends or released as independent bottlings. Originally nameless, the series was dubbed ‘Flora & Fauna’ by whisky author Michael Jackson, a nod to the drawings of animals and plants on the labels. The Auchroisk distillery was established in 1972 by Justerini & Brooks, and started production in 1974. The whisky was originally intended to be used in J&B blended scotch, but was actually first released as a single malt due to the high quality. Auchroisk is Gaelic for ‘shallow ford across the red stream’. The distillery is located near Dorie’s Well, a fresh water source whose discovery led to the creation of the distillery. Auchroisk has been in the hands of Diageo since 1997.